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Action and Advocacy

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Creating Policy Positions

The League of Women Voters takes action on an issue or advocates for a cause when there is an existing League position that supports the issue or speaks to the cause.

Positions result from a process of study. Any given study, whether it be National, State, or Local, is thorough in its pursuit of facts and details. As the study progresses, a continuing discussion of pros and cons of each situation occurs. Prior to the results of the study being presented to the general membership, study committee members fashion consensus questions that are then addressed by the membership.

Additional discussion, pro and con, takes place as members (not part of the study committee) learn the scope of the study. After the members reach consensus, the board forms positions based on that consensus.

It is the consensus statement -- the statement resulting from the consensus questions -- that becomes a position. Firm action or advocacy can then be taken on the particular issue addressed by the position. Without a position, action/advocacy cannot be taken.

League of Women Voters of Toledo-Lucas County Program of Advocacy 2018-2019

League of Women Voters of Ohio Policy Positions

League of Women Voters of the US Policy Positions

Take Action

One way of taking action is by contacting your representatives. Listed below is the contact information for all those representing Lucas County, the State of Ohio, and our Country.

President Donald J. Trump

Vice President Michael R. Pence

Call or write to the President: The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20500 (Please include your e-mail) Contact the White House (Online Contact Form) Phone Numbers Comments: 202-456-1111 Switchboard: 202-456-1414 TTY/TTD Comments: 202-456-6213 Visitor's Office: 202-456-2121

Senator Sherrod Brown

Senator Rob Portman

Rep. Bob Latta, 5th District

Rep. Marcy Kaptur, 9th District

John Kasich Govenor of Ohio

State of Ohio Government

Get Your Voice Heard

Elected officials are very sensitive to the views of their constituents--especially those constituents who are thoughtful and involved.

Be Prepared: You already know something about the issue when you decide to contact your elected official, but try to line up more facts to back up your point of view. Whether you are supporting or opposing a piece of legislation, clear, reasonable expressions of your opinion will get priority treatment. Avoid excessive documentation, which won't be read.

Telephoning: A telephone call can be a very effective action tool. Be sure you are prepared and well informed and place your call at a strategic time: just before a vote. If a public official is not available, speaking with an administrative assistant can also be effective.

Letter Writing: The letter, sent by the postal service, fax or e-mail, is the most widely used form of communication with public officials. The amount of mail on a particular bill frequently helps determine an office holder's position.

Letter Writing Dos Do write legibly: Handwritten letters are fine if they are readable. Do be brief and to the point: Discuss only one issue in each letter. Do identify yourself: Indicate the state, congressional district, city or county in which you are a voter. If you have family, business or political connections related to the issue, say so. It may help support your point of view. Do identify a bill by number or title: This helps your elected official know which bill you are referring to if there are several bills on the same issue. Do be courteous and reasonable. Do write if you have a question or problem dealing with procedures of government departments: Public officials can often help cut through red tape or give advice. Do write to say you approve, not just to complain or oppose. Do include pertinent editorials from local papers. Do write early in the session before a bill has been introduced if you have ideas about an issue you would like to see incorporated into legislation: If your elected official is a member of the committee to which it has been referred, write when the committee begins hearings. If not, write just before the bill comes to the floor for debate and vote.

Letter Writing Don'ts Don't begin on the righteous note of "As a citizen and taxpayer..." Your elected representatives assume you are a citizen, and that you pay your taxes. Don't apologize for taking a legislator's time. If you are brief and to the point, public officials are glad to hear from you. Don't be rude or threatening. It will hurt your credibility. Don't be vague. Some letters to congressional offices are written in such general terms that it is difficult to know the writer's point. Cite specific issues and legislation whenever you can.

Observer Corp

The Observer Corp are members who attend governmental organization meetings and report their actions to the members.

The observers monitor what decisions are being made and how they are being made. Generally observers do not act on an issue unless designated to by the League board on issues for which the League has a policy position.

Observers...

  • connect citizens with government
  • become acquainted with issues in the community
  • promote open, transparent and accountable government
  • connect officials with their constituents
  • identify areas where improvement is needed
  • attract like-minded citizens and organizations to issues becoming a force in the community
  • Board of Elections Meeting Schedule